Our annual Learning and Teaching Conference took place on 18th June 2019 at the University of Northampton’s Waterside Campus. The theme of the event was Reflections on Active Blended Learning (ABL) in Practice. Some 120 colleagues from all parts of the University took part as speakers, facilitators and delegates. The Leathersellers’ Hide in the Learning Hub was our main conference venue.
These conferences provide an excellent opportunity to talk about teaching, to discuss and critique practice, to build bridges across disciplines and to grow professionally as academics and practitioners. While much of the discussion revolved around ABL, that was by no means the sole focus of the event. The structure of the day offered a variety of session types – from traditional keynotes to ‘cracker-barrel’, round-table discussions, from posters to workshops, and of course, plenty of time for networking and nurturing our academic community.
It was refreshing to see our URB@N students and staff run so many excellent poster presentations, covering a wide range of topics. It was also encouraging to see so many of the ILT-funded projects represented on the day, including students, who facilitated or co-facilitated a number of sessions. The final session was led by Rob Lyon and David Saunders, winners of the last two Outstanding Lecturer of the Year STAR Awards.
We very much look forward to the next Learning and Teaching Conference, to be held in June 2020.
Prof A Armellini
Dean of Learning and Teaching
University of Northampton